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Anybody ever heard of a Saumer Bass and know what it's worth?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by fildebroc, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006
    generic title ;)

    from what I know, it was made in 1975, wide grain spruce top, curved maple back. The contre-eclisses (don't know the english word:meh:) are external. 3/4. German ? Czeck ?

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    Mar 4, 2008
    Larisa, Greece
    I'd prefer a close photo of the top plate in order to discern the grain, a photo of the ribs in order to look for external linings and a photo of the back in order to see the flame (if existed). Finally a photo of the scroll and the machines wiil complete the whole picture. We have some very experienced friends in the forum and they can help you very much.
  3. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006
    Thank you. I will try to post these pictures asap.
  4. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006
    The grain

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  5. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006
    bouton and scroll

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  6. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006
    tailpiece and endpin

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  7. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006

    There several cracks. The ones on each side of the tail piece and on the rib from the endpin hole have been repaired. This involved undecking.

    This bass was bought by the current owner as a student bass, upon advice from her teacher.

    I'm interested as I'm considering buying it.

    Thanks for the time you take to help me.

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  8. Bass


    Nov 10, 2003
    Looks like a King to me. Either that or from the Musima factory in Germany? Looks alot like my Eberle except the grain is much nicer.
  9. bassist14


    Oct 17, 2005
    saumer is a german bassmaker.
    a real person, not a trade-brand.
    i have played some of them, they are not seldom here.

    depending on the sound i would pay 1-2k€

    did you show it a luthier/your teacher?
  10. Andrew, the bass luthier at the String Shop of Arizona said that Saumer is from the same family that made Wilfur (German)
  11. shadygrove


    Feb 14, 2008
    Marysville, WA
    Could be coincidence, but that neck joint is a dead ringer for my Eberle (Musima) too.
  12. fildebroc


    Nov 24, 2006
    The bass sold for 2000 €. I didn't buy it, mainly because I know the luthier who repaired the top and I don't trust him.
    Sound was nice, even and with a good projection. A bit stiff to play but the setup was far from good.
  13. Hawk Sims

    Hawk Sims

    Feb 2, 2013
    I have a Saumer Double Bass made in East Germany Dated by the maker 1968. I need to have the scroll repaired,it was broken off.(It was agiven to me as a gift in this condition) No Idea what it cost to fix it, no idea what the value is.I want to fix it and play it.It probably has a beautiful sound.
  14. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Where are you located? Bob Gollihur's website has a pretty extensive list of luthiers, so you might be able to find one near you. I can't imagine a broken scroll being too expensive to repair, so long as it doesn't include structural problems in the peg box. In any event it's a good idea to have a luthier look at any newly obtained bass, to make sure it's in tip top condition.
  15. paljohnson


    Aug 27, 2013
    I have a Saumer bass made in 1986 with highly flamed back and
    It looks a lot like a Pöllmann and first I thought it was a Pöllmann copy.
    But now I know that Josef Saumer is a real person born 1946.
    It is signed in hand writing inside the back.
    A very well built bass with a very good sound, especially for jazz or
    as a solo instrument.

    I have made a special end pin arrangement on the bass, an adjustable
    wooden one (actually a drum stick, great sound) tilted á la Rabbath.

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